Portland, OR, USA

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Portland, OR, USA

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Portland, Oregon: Outdoor and Culinary Paradise

Portland, Oregon, is a bustling town that is located in the heart of the lush Willamette Valley. With a river running through it, Portland is home to many beautiful bridges and is a wildly popular place to live and spend vacation time. Portland is famous for its high-quality restaurants that serve locally grown gourmet food prepared with finesse and skill. The locally filmed TV shows, “Grimm” and “Portlandia,” have brought a great deal of attention to this Pacific Northwest community. Your vacation house, condo or apartment will include internet access, laundry facilities and parking.


Portland is home to many fine restaurants and cafes which are regularly featured on national television programs. Many local chefs have won culinary awards or have had special honors and recognition paid to their restaurants; Portland is known as a “foodie” town due to the popularity and success of its many eclectic restaurants and well-known chefs. A wide variety of international restaurants can be found in Portland, and Sunday brunch is a particularly popular time to enjoy a favorite restaurant, with brunch lines snaking out restaurant doors and around the block. The Hawthorne District is a central location that is close to many fine restaurants in the southeast section of the city.

Mountains, Rivers and Waterfalls

From the picture windows of your condo in the South Waterfront, you’ll be able to enjoy sweeping views of the Willamette River, Mount Hood and the Columbia Gorge. These beautiful sights are enjoyable to explore in person, with river walking trails and Columbia Gorge hikes that include many glorious waterfalls and magnificent forests. Sternwheeler ships and luxury boats provide tours and rentals on the Willamette River, and the wild forests are just a few miles away, where you can find wildlife, natural beauty and solitude.

Multnomah Falls is a famous waterfall in the Columbia Gorge. It can easily be reached by car with just a short walk to the bottom of this tall, graceful waterfall. The water cascades into an upper pool and flows beneath a historic bridge for a variety of viewing points and photo opportunities. A historic lodge sits at the bottom of the falls and provides a gift shop, food, and information and history about the Columbia Gorge area.

Outdoor Sports

Outdoor sports such as rock climbing, boating, hiking, golf and bicycling are popular in Portland, Oregon. Known as the “City of Roses,” there are many parks and outdoor gardens to explore, and Forest Park provides a wide network of forested hiking trails within the city.

Golfing is a popular sport during all times of the year in Portland. Moderate winter temperatures keep the grass green all year round, and golfers enjoy many world-class public and private golf courses in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon.


Portland’s weather is warm and dry in the summer and quite rainy in the winter. The warm maritime climate keeps temperatures in a moderate range. Snow and ice in the winter are rare, but they can occur once or twice per year. Rain gear and waterproof shoes are good clothing choices for traveling to Portland, where a storm coming in from the Pacific Ocean can change the weather in an instant.

How to Get There

Portland boasts a large international airport and is travel is easy from many different locations. Portland is also served by bus and train, and a rental or private car will help you to explore the city and the forested outskirts of town as well. Inside the city, there are many public transportation options including an extensive bus system, streetcar and commuter rail network.

Attractions In and Around Portland

Looking for things to do while you're in Portland? Local attractions include Oregon Zoo. Don't miss landmarks such as Pioneer Courthouse Square and Grotto and unique cultural highlights like Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland Center for the Performing Arts. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, experience the natural beauty of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland Japanese Garden and Simon and Helen Director Park.

You could easily spend a day shopping at Pioneer Place, Powell's City of Books and Portland Saturday Market. Don't forget to buy tickets if you want to attend a game or event at Moda Center or Providence Park. Other popular places to visit in town include Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland Meadows Racetrack and Portland International Raceway.